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Web Watch: Google, Microsoft take on child pornography images

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Usually online giants are pitted against each other, but in this case they are teaming up to fight child porn online.

Google and Microsoft are developing technology to get these images off the world wide web.

Over the last three months more than 200 Google staffers worked to prevent child sex abuse images from appearing in search engine search results. The company says it cleaned up more than 100,000 searches known to lead to child porn results.

Another 13,000 searches related to child porn will send that user a warning saying that child sex abuse is illegal and offer links to get help.

Microsoft's new technology is marking suspicious content. The company's picture detection technology puts a unique identification mark on suspected child porn content. When this happens the image and all of its copies are removed from the web.

Google is giving Microsoft a big round of applause for developing and sharing this technology.

This news comes one week after 350 people across the world were busted in an international sex abuse investigation. Those caught included teachers, police officers, pastors, priests, doctors and nurses.

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